Gunilla Jähnichen –  @wut
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Gunilla Jähnichen – @wut

In her exhibition “@wut” (@anger), Gunilla Jähnichen thematically confronts anger and attempts to fathom the ambiguity of it as a feeling.

In our society, almost no other emotion is as unwanted as anger. Uncontrolled aggression is seen as a powerful expression of evil. However, anger can also be a warning signal, help set clear boundaries, bring unpleasant situations to an end, release inner tension. Those who don’t find socially acceptable ways of releasing anger are at risk of developing self-destructive behaviours. Socially, anger may be necessary to draw attention to injustices when other criticism has been ineffective.

This complex feeling is reflected through Gunilla Jähnichen’s sophisticated personal approach, with humour in her paintings and sculptures. An angry person often feels almost possessed in the heat of the moment, as though something “other” has taken control of them. Jähnichen’s figures reflect this other and its adversaries: those who wonder.

Exhibtion October 9 – November 28, 2021

View through the premises. A picture with an angry face in the foreground. There are more pictures hanging in the back. Pictures with emotional faces hang on the walls. In the foregreound, small figures with open red mouths stand on a pedestal. Room view. Colourful images with emotional images hang on the walls Three colourful pictures with cheeky faces hang on the wall. A face sculpture, in blue and pink stands on a pedestal. One large and six smaller pictures, with emotional faces hang on the walls. View through the premises. Two large emotional pictures hang in the foreground . Round pictures hang on the wall in the background. Two large pictures and a small sculpture looking at itself in the mirror hang on the wall. A blue little sad sculpture sits on a pedestal. The sculpture is looking into a mirror that is in front of it. On the mirror is a yellow smiling face.